USA and North Korea: Call to Prayer and Action

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 13, 2017

On Aug. 10, Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim Rak-gyom, commander of the Korean People's Army Strategic Forces, had released a statement on Aug. 9 saying that the North was "seriously considering a plan to launch an enveloping strike on Guam involving the simultaneous launch of four Hwasung-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets".

A US B-1B Lancer bomber is stationed at the Anderson Airforce Base in Guam. If the USA and South Korea launch a pre-emptive strike and try to overthrow the leadership in North Korea, China would come to North Korea's aid, according to the state-run Global Times.

The letter organized by Rep. John Conyers asks US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "to do everything" in his power to remind Trump that his position requires him to act and speak with the "utmost caution and restraint on this delicate issue". Trump's predecessors have declared military attacks on other nations without congressional permission.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster confers with President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, the Moon Jae-in administration's attention is also on the clash between its western ally and northern neighbor.

Top security advisors of South Korea and the United States discussed over phone on Friday the Korean peninsula issue, the presidential Blue House said.

Experts here say that it would be hard for the United States to take a solid step in attacking Pyongyang, urging South Korea to adopt a bold stance. The report with the same headline was published by the Korea Times.

"Neither Washington nor Pyongyang really wants war, but a war could break out anyway as they do not have the experience of putting such an extreme game under control."
"(The Moon administration) has to take the wheel", he said, adding that Seoul should do so to avoid being sidelined by other key players involved in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue. "But many of us are still here and we're going to stay here". He calls Trump's back and forth with North Korea a "war of hyperbole".

The McMaster-Chung call came after U.S. President Donald Trump on August 10 tweeted that "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely". Together with millions of people around the world who know the devastation of war and love peace, we say "Never again!" Following this announcement, USA military signaled it could dispatch strategic B-1 bombers to target North Korea's missile launch sites, underground facilities, and other installations, according to RT.

He says now there are tough talkers on both side of the conflict, when before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was the tough talker.

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